There are 40 million Spanish speakers in the United States and the Spanish-speaking population is still growing rapidly. With over 400 million speakers, Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world. Spanish is an official language on four continents and is the native language in 21 countries, including the United States.

About the Major

Spanish literature courses range from Spanish noir and detective fiction to authors such as Mariano Azuela, Carlos Fuentes, and Gabriel García Márquez. There are also courses in Spanish film, art, and drama. Spanish majors will gain an understanding of many different Spanish-speaking cultures and acquire advanced skills in Spanish grammar and linguistics.

Students majoring in Spanish are required to participate in an approved program of study abroad. The majority of Spanish majors attend Ohio Wesleyan’s program at the University of Salamanca. Students also may take part in the Border Studies Program, which is based in El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Financial aid is available for all approved programs.

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